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Pressure's On

DNA and You's Matt Mealiffe looks into the heritability of intraocular pressure -- a risk factor that eye doctors consider when screening patients for glaucoma. A recent article in the British Journal of Ophthalmology found by studying twins that genetics appears to explain about 62 percent of the eye pressure variation. Mealiffe adds that this study does not address a particular gene for congential glaucoma, though he points to others that have identified putative genes.

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.